2006 Distinguished Alumni Recipients
Kathy Olesker Pounds (B.S. 1971) pursued graduate work in community counseling and provided social services in the poorer sections of Miami before deciding to enroll in law school at Northwestern University. Pounds became a litigator with a Miami law firm and was assigned to represent an international conglomerate, headquartered in New York City where she met her future husband, Ralph Pounds. She began a career in the telecommunications industry, where she held positions at GTE and MCI. She retired after the WorldCom acquisition of MCI was completed.
Fred R. Volkmar (B.S. 1972) earned an M.A. in psychology and an M.D. from Stanford University. He has been associated with Yale University since 1980, when he came to the Yale Child Study Center as a fellow in child psychiatry. He joined the faculty in 1982 as an assistant professor of child psychiatry, pediatrics, and psychology, and currently holds the position of Irving B. Harris Professor of Child Psychiatry, Pediatrics, and Psychology. He is recognized as the leading expert in the field of autism and related disorders, such as Asperger's syndrome. Volkmar also serves as a consulting and chief psychiatrist at Benhaven School in New Haven, CT, a school for children with autism, and the Yale Psychiatric Institute. He is a member of the faculty of the Western New England Institute for Psychoanalysis. Volkmar delivered the Distinguished Alumni Award lecture, â€œUnderstanding Autism-Perspectives from Research and Clinical Work.â€
Dr. Elizabeth Pieroth (BS'88) was one of five alumni selected to receive the 2016 LAS Alumni Achievement Award.
The Undergraduate Career Exploration Award was created by the Psychology Alumni Advisory Board. Read about the three recipients in the 2015 Fall issue of Psychology Times: http://www.psychology.illinois.edu/alumni/news/newsletter/